Leinster Issue Statement After Two Players Refused Entry To South Africa

Leinster players Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson Park encountered visa problems

Leinster players Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson Park encountered visa problems

The team arrived in South Africa this morning, however, captain Isa Nacewa and his fellow New Zealander Jamison Gibson-Park were refused entry by the customs at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

It is understood that the pair didn't have the necessary visa that New Zealanders require to enter the country.

South African law changed at the beginning of the year to require citizens from New Zealand to have a visa, where previously none had been needed.

'As this process is still ongoing, Leinster Rugby will be making no further statement'.

Leinster duo Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson Park have been denied entry to South Africa.

"Leinster Rugby can confirm that both Jamison Gibson-Park and Isa Nacewa have not been granted a visa at this point in time and will as a result return to Dublin at the earliest opportunity", a team statement read.

Should Nacewa and Gibson-Park fail in having their denied entry overturned, they could be boarding a flight back to Dublin as soon as Wednesday evening. Leo Cullen's men are in South Africa to play the Southern Kings and the Toyota Cheetahs in the GUINNESS PRO14 over the next ten days.

They're the first Irish province to head to South Africa for their Pro 14 games with the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs but now two players are missing for the first game on the 16th.

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